I admit only watching the opening ceremonies—except for a moment of fascination with synchronized divers. I thought I heard Jacques Rogge in his opening remarks talk about athletes committing to the impossible. It struck me that’s what writers do. When something calls that I feel l have no blueprint or ability to achieve, then it must be done. As a friend loves to quote, “You make the path by walking.” No sprints, leaps or shot puts, but opening a notebook and applying a pen—like first moments on the high dive.
Photo by Linda Simone
I am happy to report that the title poem of my chapbook, “St. Agnes, Pink-Slipped,” was accepted in The Lives We Seek: Contemporary Poems Inspired by the Saints. This anthology, edited by Mary Ann Miller, will also include work by Dana Gioia, Edward Hirsch and James Tate. St. Agnes finds herself in good company!Cancer Project update
As mentioned last month, my poem “Landfall” won an Honorable Mention in this year’s Cancer Poetry Project contest. Editor Karin Miller tells me another of my poems, “Breast Imaging,” will also be in the Volume 2 of the Cancer Poetry Project as well as “The Breast and the Brightest” by poetry pal Cindy Hochman. Yay Cindy!
Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts (VTICA)
|Linda and Sarah inspired |
by the 60s music inside the gallery
If you are near New York City in late August, That Dorothy Parker, a one-person drama, will be performed as part of the annual celebration, Parkerfest. The performance is scheduled for August 23 at the Arclight Theatre. (courtesy Poets & Writers).
‘Round the NetCongratulations to:
· Diane Gaston on the publication of her 17th Harlequin romance, A Not So Respectable Gentleman?
|Diane Gaston thrilled |
to publish her 17th book!
· Lucas Klein on his new translation blog, Notes on the Mosquito
· Linda Simone on the publication of two poems in Cyclamens and Swords
· Frank Vitale on the praise received on his ground-breaking CD-ROM, The Metropolis Organism
Thanks to Poets House:
· A New York Times review of Poets House exhibit on founders Elizabeth Kray and Stanley Kunitz
· Poets House featured on Channel 13
From Poets & Writers Daily News
· The late Gore Vidal originated “No good deed goes unpunished;” read his other quotes here
· Humanities magazine looks at the life and work of James Agee
· New Yorker recently published a never-published story by F. Scott Fitzgerald
· Novelist Colson Whitehead shares eleven rules of writing: "Rule Number Eight: Is secret."
· Check out Open Culture's extremely rare video footage of Rudyard Kipling on truth in writing
· The New York Public Library publishes a scan of a Walt Whitman manuscript on Tumblr
And my own discovery: Why we introverts may have more going for us than Freud would have us believe
Ode to a dog 2
|After lunch of beef and broccoli|
As we volunteered, we watched him console roughed-up elders and discipline unruly puppies. An ascending white dove on his black chest indicated his priesthood: Dogs would lie down half a block away whenever they saw him. Only a year ago he pulled Michael in an opposite direction on their walk, hearing cries from a woman locked outside an upper porch. Thanks to Buddy, Michael alerted someone inside to unlock the door. We will always miss his wise and brooding presence. If you’d like to honor him or his amazing breed, please make a contribution to Pets Alive Westchester or Bad Rap.
Until next time,